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GEOFFREY DUNN (tenor)
DIANA POULTON (lute)
The lute flourished especially during the sixteenth century, but Handel and Bach both wrote for it occasionally, and lute music was published as late as 1740. The programmes for this week are representative of the lute music of Spain, England, Germany, Italy, and France. The examples by Luis Milan were taken from the collection of that composer's works published in Valencia in 1536, and were written for the vihuela, an early form of the lute peculiar to Spain. Milan was the author of the earliest book on lute tablature, published in 1535. Further broadcasts in this series will be given on Monday (National), Tuesday (National), Thursday (Regional), and Friday (National).
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